Tech Trends – The BYOD and Mobile Security Report 2013
A survey and report by Holger Schulze, via the Information Security Community group on LinkedIn.
The trend of bringing you own device (BYOD) into the workplace is increasingly ubiquitous. The security and data control issues that arise are critical to address. Many companies are adopting employee-owned mobile devices, many are implementing policies against the use of BYODs. Especially in the tech sectors, this is a trend that most companies are going to have to address.
The BYOD and Mobile Security Report 2013 is a survey comprised of responses from members of the Information Security Community on LinkedIn. It sheds light on the BYOD drivers, company benefits, and how companies are addressing the associated security risks.
The report highlights the following top five trends:
1. The number one benefit of BYOD is greater employee satisfaction and productivity.
Fifty-five percent of respondents report that BYOD results in greater employee satisfaction, fifty-four percent say is improves employee mobility, and fifty-one cite increased employee productivity.
2. A majority of companies are concerned about loss of and unauthorized access to data.
A majority of organizations appear to have some use of private devices, pushing organizations towards policies for privately-owned and company-owned mobile devices for business use. In almost forty percent of organizations, company-owned devices are widely used, and BYOD is under evaluation in nearly as many. Privately-owned devices are in use, but not supported by the organization in about one quarter of organizations. Twenty percent of organizations reportedly have a BYOD policy allowing and supporting them. Over ten percent do not allow privately-owned devices currently or within the next 12 months, and nearly ten percent have a plan to allow private devices within the next 12 months.
3. Encryption is the most used risk control measure for mobile devices.
Security concerns are the main risk. The top concerns are: The risk of loss of company or client data (75%); unauthorized access to company data & systems (65%); and fear of malware infections (47%). Other concerns include lost or stolen devices, device management, compliance with industry regulations, and support and maintenance of devices.
Encryption is employed to mitigate some of these risks. Endpoint Integrity Checking and auditing of mobile devices have also been put into place by about a quarter of organizations. Eighty-five percent of organizations store most of their intellectual property and sensitive data in the datacenter/network.
4. The biggest impact of mobile security threats is the need for additional IT resources to manage them.
Forty-five percent of organizations are embedding personal mobile devices via guest /separate networks. One third of organizations reported needing additional IT resources to manage mobile security. Almost twenty percent indicated corporate data loss or theft as a result of BYOD use over the last 12 months. Fifteen percent of companies cited incurring costs of cleaning up malware infections and an increase of helpdesk time to repair damage. Organizations also cited disrupted business activities, reduced employee productivity, increased costs in subscriptions and premium services, and even regulatory fines.
5. The most popular mobile platform for BYOD is iOS/Apple.
Organizations supporting mobile platforms supported iOS/Apple at a rate of 72%, Android/Google at just over 60%, Rm/Blackberry at a touch over half, and Windows / Microsoft just under half.
The most popular mobile business applications are email, calendar and contact management.
About the Report:
The BYOD and Mobile Security Report 2013 was written by Holger Schulze, owner of the 160,000 member Information Security Community group on LinkedIn. The report was sponsored by Lumension Security, Inc., Symantec, KPMG, MailGuard, and Zimbani.
Holger Schulze is a B2B technology marketing executive delivering demand, brand awareness, and revenue growth for high-tech companies. A prolific blogger and online community builder, Holger manages the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn with over 42,000 members and writes about B2B marketing trends in his blog Everything Technology Marketing.
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